Divya Kumar - Hillsborough County Community Reporter

Hillsborough County Community Reporter

I'm an editorial assistant/community reporter eager to hear your story. I was born in Indiana, but have called Florida home for a little over a decade and am fascinated by the stories big and small that make up our state. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper, and joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. If you have a story you'd like us to know of, please reach out.

  1. Norma Robinson, vice president and director of the Sulphur Springs Museum, which is currently running an exhibit titled "Civil Rights in the Sunshine State", at 1101 E. River Cove St. in Tampa. The exhibit runs until April.
  2. Artist Pedro Jermaine and Lizzie Robinson Jenkins, the founder and CEO of The Real Rosewood Foundation, sit together at the SkyConnect entrance to the main terminal at Tampa International Airport. In the background is Hope Prevails, the official tribute painting remembering Rosewood, FL, by Jermaine.
  3. Dancers with Tampa City Ballet, from left, Sarah Fontana, Lily McCrossin, Ethan, Barbee, Matthew Doolin, Hannah Thompson, Lital Gelman and Marissa Andresky rehearse for a performance of Igor Stravinsky's Pulcinella, a ballet in one act, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at America's Ballet School in Tampa.
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  5. The Jose Gasparilla sails toward the Tampa Convention Center during the annual Gasparilla Pirate Invasion in Hillsborough Bay sailing north to Seddon Channel on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Hundreds of boats join the flotilla.
  6. Paint the Town volunteers worked on a beautification project in 2017. (Photo courtesy University Area CDC).
  7. From left (front): Emmanuel Zanancho, Tonja Johnson, Janet Pace, Rafael Bassi; (rear): Charlotte Fuller, Brenda Jones and Carl Johnson are members of Beautifully Unblemished, a local vitiligo support group.
  8. From left, Vanessa Josey, Jody Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Mike Morina and Teresa Alvarado hold a block of Insulated Concrete Form.
  9. Tampa Fire Rescue responded to 508 N Franklin St. for a report of a fire which required a three alarm fire response to prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby businesses. Firefighters contained the fire but was working to prevent the fire from spreading on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 in Tampa.
  10. The pedestrian walkway to the Straz Center was demolished in December.
  11. Severe storms in April led to some street flooding near Edison Ave and Bayshore Blvd in Tampa.
  12. Hillel Day School in north Tampa celebrates Hannukah during the 1970s or 1980s in this photo from the book, "Jews in Tampa," by Marcia Jo Zerivitz and Rob Norman.
  13. Ralph Lupton, 83, left, and his wife Nancy, 80, pose in front of their restaurant, Lupton's Bar-B-Que Buffet at 5299 E Busch Blvd in Temple Terrace, on Dec. 17. The Temple Terrace restaurateurs will close their business after 50 years at the end of the year.
  14. A participant of the Veterans Resurgence program in the Hillsborough County jail helps paint a mural in the group's living quarters. (Photo courtesy Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office).
  15. After receiving multiple calls and emails from residents, Tampa City Council chairman Luis Viera wrote a letter to AMC’s corporate management asking to discuss the New Tampa theater.
  16. Veronica Taylor, (second from left) poses for a portrait with one-year-old Dorsett Reynolds, her daughter Amani Taylor, 10, son Ernest Bogan III, 12, and Muriah Reynolds, 4, at the Centre for Girls in Tampa.
  17. Jocelyn Lester, 54, left, of Tampa chops up garlic while working on her salsa recipe during Chef Rick Ceglio, right, culinary class at the Italian Club in the Ybor City.
  18. The Plant High School track, which runs behind the grandstand of Dad's Stadium, will be resurfaced with asphalt. More than 60 trees lining the track were considered for removal.
  19. Phase 1A of the project includes closing W Cass Street from N Willow Avenue to N Boulevard.
  20. Dr. Philip Adler treated generations of Tampa children, including Hannah Millman, who was 2 years old at the time of this visit.
  21. (From left) Monica Ruiz, Juliana Pineda and Paulette Latimer share a laugh during the Women Building Futures Graduation Celebration held at Hillsborough Community College South Shore campus in Ruskin, Florida on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
  22. Messiah Davis, 19 months old, choked on hamburger meat while at a South Tampa child care center and lost oxygen to his brain. He died four days later. His mother has filed a wrongful death suit.
  23. The Ruskin Seafood Festival and Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts have merged. The event will run over two days this weekend at E.G. Simmons Park.
  24. Caribbean Twist opened this summer at 3328 W Columbus Drive.